DIEGO COSTA’S injury misery continues after being ruled out for a month with deep vein thrombosis.
The striker, 32, had only just returned from a muscle problem that saw him miss four games for Atletico Madrid.
Diego Costa is out for a month after suffering a blood clot in his right legCredit: Getty Images – Getty
But after feeling pain in his right leg, scans showed Costa had suffered a blood clot.
He took no part in yesterday’s 0-0 Champions League draw against Lokomotiv Moscow.
And Costa is now set to be absent for at least four weeks after also testing positive for coronavirus in September.
A club statement read: “Diego Costa underwent tests this morning (Wednesday) that confirmed he has suffered a spontaneous deep vein thrombosis in the right leg. It is not related to trauma or previous injury.”
It means the ex-Chelsea star has featured in just four games this season under Diego Simeone.
And question marks remain over Costa’s long-term future, with his Wanda Metropolitano contract up at the end of the campaign.
Indeed, the Spain international was strongly linked with a move away from Atletico over the summer.
Simeone moved to snap up Luis Suarez from Barcelona, but Costa stayed put after Juventus agreed to re-sign fellow ex-Blue Alvaro Morata.
What is deep vein thrombosis?
THE NHS describes deep vein thrombosis (DVT) as a blood clot in the vein, usually the leg.
DVT can be dangerous so get medical help as soon as possible if you think you have it.
Symptoms in the leg, arm or stomach include:
- Throbbing or camping pain
- Warm skin around the painful area
- Red or darkened skin around the painful area
- Swollen veins that are hard or sore when you touch them
You should call 999 or go to A&E if you have pain and swelling plus
Blood clots in your veins can break loose, travel through your bloodstream and get stuck in your lungs – known as a pulmonary emoblism.
They can be life threatening and need treatment straight away.
Costa was linked with a move to Paris Saint-Germain as a replacement for now-Manchester United man Edinson Cavani.
Costa was also thought to be a target for his old Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho at Tottenham.
But the Special One eventually secured a loan for Benfica’s Carlos Vinicius instead.
Costa has scored just 18 goals in 78 games during his second spell for Atletico.
His first stint saw him fire home 64 goals in 135 appearances, resulting in the 2014 LaLiga title and a place in that year’s Champions League final.
Costa joined Chelsea that summer for £32million and scored 59 times in 120 games, winning two Premier League titles before returning to Atleti in 2017.
He won the Europa League a year later but his stock has since dropped due to injury problems and a lack of goals.
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